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Emily Dickinson - The farthest Thunder that I heard

The farthest Thunder that I heard
Was nearer than the Sky
And rumbles still, though torrid Noons
Have lain their missiles by --
The Lightning that preceded it
Struck no one but myself --
But I would not exchange the Bolt
For all the rest of Life --
Indebtedness to Oxygen
The Happy may repay,
But not the obligation
To Electricity --
It founds the Homes and decks the Days
And every clamor bright
Is but the gleam concomitant
Of that waylaying Light --
The Thought is quiet as a Flake --
A Crash without a Sound,
How Life's reverberation
Its Explanation found --

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1581. The farthest Thunder that I heard
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Sep 7 2006

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Comment 2 of 3, added on March 19th, 2005 at 7:38 AM.

this poem is about inspiration, which strikes the speaker like lightning and about the invention of electricity (edison, 1879), which is viewed ambivalently by the speaker. (creating "obligations")

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Comment 1 of 3, added on January 9th, 2005 at 6:43 PM.

i think this poem is about how she is suffering inside but she wont tell

Jessica Jolley

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